Roller skates for kids

Roller skates for kids is a hot topic here at Devaskation! Skating is an incredibly fun sport and hobby for people of all ages, and is safe and fun for children, even at a young age. Devaskation offers the best quality skates to assure your child is safe, comfortable, and confident while learning to skate. The question for many parents is what to consider when buying your child their first pair of skates. See the tips below to guide you through purchasing the perfect pair of skates for children at any age!

Make sure you read our Kids Skates FAQ before you move on to this article. Also, keep in mind that this article is a “living article” that changes as often as the industry changes so check back often for new information and recommendations.

What Kind of Skates Should I Get for My Child or Teenager?

Quad Roller Skates vs. Inline Skates

There are two main types of skates available for a child or beginner skater. Quad skates, or the original “roller” skates (typically seen at indoor roller rinks), and Inline skates, or “rollerblades.” Quad skates are typically more conventional, and are usually the recommended skate for young or beginner skaters.

Quad skates have four wheels, 2 in the front and 2 in the back, which provide a better balance point than inline skates. Inline skates typically have 4-5 wheels in a line, which don’t allow for as much balance while not in motion. Quad roller skates give kids and skaters in general a sense of standing in a normal position – similar to wearing tennis shoes – but with wheels on them.

Inline skates can be difficult for children because they usually have less strength in their ankles and legs. This makes it more difficult for them to stand upright and steady on the inlines. Without some practice on skates and building muscle strength, inline skates for children may not be an ideal first skate, but usually teens can handle inline skates. There is a chance an inline skate could cause the child’s ankles to “buckle” and cause their knees can turn in. It must be said, however, that inline skates might be the right skate for your child if the child is already comfortable skating. Personal preference and comfort is always something to consider for anyone buying skates for kids.

How Do I Choose the Size and Features of Skates for My Child?

Skates for children are made in smaller sizes and have boots that conform to the child’s feet and ankles. This ensures the child is stable and confident on the skate. For teens, however, roller skates are more varied and are usually made for teens and adults.

Choosing the Right Size Skates for Kids

Inevitably, kids are going to outgrow skates. Just like tennis shoes, you might want to buy them a little big. Luckily, there are lots of affordable skating options for children and we even offer kids skates with adjustable sizing to allow for growth – check out our selection of Kids Skates to see these great options!

In general, skates for young people can be bought about one size bigger and still be okay for skating. It is not recommended to buy skates more than one size bigger, as it can hurt a skater’s feet and ankles. A loose skate will cause blisters due to the slipping and rubbing of the over-sized skate. If you buy a larger skate, it is important keep the laces tied tightly for the best support of the feet and ankles. Using extra socks to pad the extra space in a larger sized skate is not recommended because it can actually create more moisture inside the skate – another source of potential blistering and athlete’s foot.

The following video gives information on purchasing kids skates. The gentleman in the video is a 3-time world champion skater and owner of Devaskation — Skip Clinton.

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Recommended Quad Skates for Children (Ages 4-8)

Some of our best-selling children’s quad skates are the Crazy Flash Kids Skates and the Epic Galaxy Elite Skates. All of our Kids Skates offer the best in comfort and quality.

Sulifeel Rainbow Unicorn Skate

Sulifeel Rainbow Unicorn Skate

The Sulifeel Rainbow Unicorn Skate is a great adjustable, light-up skates for kids. This skate is adjustable and fits most sizes of children’s feet. The boot is comfortable and provides support for children’s ankles. It obviously has a lot of color, too! The wheels light up. Kids and parents love these skates.

This is one of our top pics for kids’ skates

Crazy Flash Kid’s Skates

Crazy Flash Kid's Skates

The Crazy Flash Kid’s Skate is perfect for children, as the wheels are non-damaging to inside surfaces as well as outside surfaces. This skate can be used inside or outside. The main feature of this skate is the light-up and flash lightening bolt on the side of the skate. With motion the skate lights up and kids love it! This is a great skate for a skater that is just starting out. At under $80, this is one of the best beginner skates we carry. You can see a quick youtube video of the Crazy Flash Skates.

One parent’s review on DevaSkation.com states how much her six-year-old daughter loves these skates, and her parents were equally happy with the price and quality!

Epic Blush Skate

Epic Blush Skate

The Epic Blush Skate is another great model of skate that might suit your needs. The Epic Blush quad roller skates are a fantastic skate for youngins to start off their skating career. The fun design and outstanding color options are perfect for our smaller humans. All in all, these Epic Blush quad skates will be an incredible addition to your minions dialy adventure pack.

Recommended Quad Skates for Children (Ages 8-12)

Pre-teen skates are an important because they help your child transition from kids skates to adult skates. This makes for the trickest purchase because of the value vs. quality conundrum. Kids’ skates often have adjustable sizing, but in the age group for 8-12 year-olds, adjustable sizing isn’t available. Because the child is growing quickly and pre-teen skates do not offer an “adjustable” sizing option, parents often spend money on skates that the child will quickly outgrow. However, buying skates for children at this age is important if the skater intends on skating after the age of 12.

Riedell Citizen

Riedell Citizen The Riedell Citizen skate is an excellent choice for an all-around skate. It’s great for outdoor or indoor fun! This skate comes standard with Powerdyne Thrust nylon plates and Kwik Abec-5 bearings. You get your choice of boot and wheels! If you want to use this skate indoors, choose the Riva Wheels. For outdoor use, choose the Zen Wheels. The Radar Riva wheels make for a great roll inside on almost every surface.

Recommendations for kids “light-up” Quad Skates!

Want your child’s skates to light up and sparkle? We have several options for light-up skates that will turn your kid into a superstar at night or at the roller rink.

Crazy Dream Rainbow LED Light-Up Skate (girls)

Crazy Dream Rainbow LED Light-Up Skate

The Crazy Dream Rainbow LED Light-Up Skate is intended for girls, but boys that like a lot of color can also wear them! The Crazy Dream Rainbow LED Light-Up Skate comes in a pink or black boot and features rainbow laces, blue toe stop, LED wheels, and tons of color. The skate can be used on a variety of surfaces and is sure to bring a lot of attention! As noted, these skates are intended for girls and will probably suit girls in the age range of 6-10, but boys can wear them, too. There should be no issue with these skates being used outdoors or indoors.

Crazy Disco Skate (girls)

Crazy Disco Skate

This is a high-top skate in a more traditional style, but it has plenty of flare with it! The Crazy Disco Skate uses a LED to light up and flash a rainbow of colors. The light-up LED shimmers brightly with movement, never has to be charged, and lasts for 50,000 hours! As noted, these skates are intended for girls and will probably suit girls in the age range of 6-10. There should be no issue with these skates being used outdoors or indoors.

Epic Allure Skate

Epic Allure Skate

The Epic Allure Light Up Skate is another great model of skate that might suit your needs. The High quality 3/4 boot provides plenty of ankle support and prevents heel slip. The lightweight nylon plates make these skates perfect for younger skaters. These skates come with amazingly bright LED light up wheels, for fun and safety.

Recommended Quad Skates for Young Children (Ages 2-4)

Starting your child on skates at an early age will give the child an advantage later by developing the muscles necessary to balance and maintain control while skating.

Admittedly, our website is not directed toward children or young children’s skates. It is instead directed toward high-end skates and experienced skaters. Therefore, there are a FEW external links on this page to products listed on Amazon. The products are highly rated and should suit your needs. Please trust that any external links are our recommendations, but we do not carry, stock, or support the skates listed on Amazon. Any skates purchased on our website are supported and usually in stock.

Frozen, TMNT, and Fisher Price Skates

Baby SkatesSome of the most popular skates for young children are the Disney Frozen Skates with Pads and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Skates. Obviously, Frozen and TMNT are very popular right now and these skates feature the characters from Frozen and TMNT.
The Fisher Price Grow With me Skates are great for little ones to learn to skate. They include settings to lock the wheels so kids can walk on them, a forward only position so they don’t roll back, and the free wheel position to use once they are comfortable

Roller Derby Fun Skates

Roller Derby Fun SkatesThe Roller Derby Girl’s Fun Skates and the Roller Derby Boy’s Fun Skates are padded for great comfort and adjustable so your little ones can use them as they grow.

Recommended Inline Skates for Children (Ages 8-12)

TKO Light Speed Inline Adjustable Skate

TKO Light Speed Inline Adjustable Junior SkateThe TKO Adjustable Light Speed Skate is intended for juniors (teens) that are beginner to intermediate skaters. This adjustable skate is perfect for growing children who need a high quality inline skate. The small size skate adjusts from size Junior 13 to size 3. The medium size skate adjusts from size 4 to size 7. You’ll be flying on these awesome indoor/outdoor speed skates! TKO is one of the best brands of inline skates on the market today and has an amazing pedigree from gold medal skaters.

Roller Derby Aerio Q-90 Inline Skates

Roller Derby Aerio Q-90 Inline SkatesThe Roller Derby Aerio Q-90 Inline Skates are a comfortable semi-soft skate. This skate is built with an aluminum frame and 84mm Pro Series wheels with Bevo Abec-9 bearings. These skates have great stability and control, giving you the confidence to skate as quickly as your heart’s content!

Luigino Kid’s Adjustable Challenge Package

Luigino Kid's Adjustable Challenge PackageThe Luigino Kid’s Adjustable Challenge Package includes the NEW Luigino Kid’s Adjustable Challenge Boot for growing kids! Keep your kiddos in a comfortable and supportive skate with the neoprene lining and a shell that is actually molded for childrens feet taking into account the less developed structure of a childs foot. Attached to this boot is the Pilot Striker Frame, made with ultra strong, lightweight heat treated aircraft aluminum. Roll in style on our favorite outdoor wheel, the Atom Matrix Wheels which are great for indoor and outdoor skating.

Recommended Inline Skates for Children (Ages 4-8)

Roller Derby ion Adjustable Skate

Roller Derby Ion Adjustable Inline SkateThe Roller Derby Ion Adjustable Inline Skate comes in both boys and girls models and makes a great inline skate for kids because the sizing is adjustable so that the skate can grow with your child. This saves your money and allows the child to spend a lot of time on one skate instead of switching out and breaking-in new skates every year. These skates aren’t going to last forever though and if your child likes inline skating a more expensive option will be necessary as the child grows and gets better at skating. These are an entry-level inline skate.

SEBA Adjustable Inline Skate

SEBA Adjustable Inline Skate for KidsIf your child is serious about inline skating, the SEBA Adjustable Inline Skate (high end) is the solution. These are serious skates for kids that want to take their skating skills to the next level. The skates are more expensive than the “roller derby” brand, but they are made for shredding.

What Quad Skates are Best for Junior (Teens) Roller Derby Players?

Young or “Junior” Roller Derby skaters need a skate that is able to withstand the higher impact of the sport. This will be a skate that holds up well, while also allowing the Junior derby skater to perform comfortably and at a premium level. Wheels and bearings are an important factor in choosing derby skates, and we recommend referencing the previous articles “How to Choose Outdoor Wheels” and “Guide to Roller Skate Bearings”. Our recommendations for the best derby skates for kids are below!

Custom Atom / Bionic Skate

Custom Atom SkateThe Custom Atom Skate is a perfect skate for any skates because you can choose how extreme you want to get. This skate offers the best that Atom has to offer including Bionic bearings, Pilot plates, and Bionic toe-stops. It is also popular for adults as a derby skate or rink skate depending on the setup. You are welcome to choose any wheels or bearings though, as we carry a large variety of items that work with the custom Atom skate. These skates come with a Jackson boot, which is one of the most popular and highest quality boots on the market today.

Jackson VIP Custom

Custom Atom SkateVery few brands offer a custom skate at such a reasonable price, but Jackson has done it with this custom Jackson VIP skate. This is one of the most widely customizable skates on the market today and generally costs less than $200. This makes it a great skate for young, teen, and adult skaters. The Jackson VIP is designed for 4 major types of skaters: Rink, Derby, Speed, and Outdoor. Choose the options that make sense for your child and you will be a hero!

What Quad Skates are Best for Juniors (Teens) at the Roller Rink?

If your pre-teen or teenager is interested in skating, it is important to keep in mind quality, sizing, and style when choosing a skate. At this age, kids are generally very conscious about what they wear around their friends. Therefore, you should keep this in mind when choosing a skate. It’s best to go with a well-known brand for general skaters. You shouldn’t break the bank (and you don’t need to) when buying skates for kids because kids typically grow out of the skates in a year or two. Therefore, you need a solid value on your purchase.

Riedell R3 Skate

Riedell R3 SkateThe Riedell R3 Skate skate is a very good skate for the price. It has an amazing value compared to some of the other brands. Riedell is one of the most popular brands for quad skates today and we’ve made so you can customize almost every part of your R3 so your big kids (or you) can express your own personal style while you skate!

Impala Quad Skates

Impala Quad Skate for LadiesImpala Roller skates were first introduced in 2019 and feature a wide variety of colors and styles. Apparently created to compete directly with Moxi and Candi Girl skates, Impala offers a similar skate at a reasonable price. The quality is very similar to the Moxi or Candi Girl, but the styles are wild! Impala is an Australian company and, according to their website, they have over 30 years of creating clothing and streetwear for ladies of all ages.

Jackson Rave Snap Rink Skate

Jackson Rave Snap Rink SkateThe Jackson Rave Snap Rink Skate is the new entry level quad roller skate from Jackson. Constructed from premium vinyl materials, a PVC sole and the Jackson Plate, this skate is a great beginner package for kids, juniors (teens), and adults. With multiple options for customizing this great skate, you’re sure to find that you can mix your own personal style with an awesome skate package!

Tip: If you or your child is interested in skating outdoors, you might pick up a set of Atom Pulse wheels because they are designed for outdoor use and will last a long time! Do you want to skate all night long!? Then you might also use Luigino’s booties inside your socks to keep from getting blisters!

Recommendations for Junior (Teens) Rhythm Skates!

Riedell Boost Skate

Riedell Boost SkateThe Riedell Boost Skate is a favorite for rhythm and jam skaters because of the high quality boot and components. Wide feet typically fit well in these skates. The skate is loaded with PowerDyne Thrust Nylon plates, Radar Riva Indoor wheels, a jam toe stop, and Kwik bearings.

Riedell Angel Skate

Riedell Angel SkateIf your pre-teen or teenager is interested in rhythm skating, the Riedell Angel Skate is a great choice! This skate is composed of Radar Riva wheels in some great colors, Kwik Abec-5 bearings, and Powerdyne’s Thrust nylon plate.

Moxi Beach Bunny Roller Skates

Moxi Beach Bunny Roller SkatesThe Moxi Beach Bunny Vegan Roller Skates are more affordable than the Moxi Ivy and just as awesome. The Beach Bunny drym-dyed vinyl boots are attached to smaller outdoor wheels for bouncing around town and dance skating when you feel that beat. You’ll love the glitter polyester laces and brand new Moxi Dri-Lex lining. These skates are available in Peach Blanket, Periwinkle Sunset, and Blue Sky which are all available in sizes 1-10. These animal-friendly skates also come with an extra pair of toe guards for the park skater you know you want to be.

What Quad Skates are Best for Junior (Teens) Speed Skaters?

Junior speed skaters should look for a light-weight skate and boot that offers support and comfort for the foot and ankle. Wheels will differ based on what type of surface the skater will be skating. Indoor or outdoor speed skates vary, but overall the key is to think about what will best support your child’s knees, ankles, and feet and still provide superior performance.

Jackson VIP Custom

Jackson Rave CustomVery few brands offer a custom skate at such a reasonable price, but Jackson has done it with this custom Jackson VIP skate. This is one of the most widely customizable skates on the market today and generally costs less than $200. This makes it a great skate for young, teen, and adult skaters. The Jackson VIP is designed for 4 major types of skaters: Rink, Derby, Speed, and Outdoor. Choose the options that make sense for your child and you will be a hero!

Jackson Rave Custom

Jackson Rave CustomJackson makes some of the best skates on the market and this Custom Jackson Rave Skate is a great choice for young skaters. Intended for new skaters, it is definitely an entry-level option and the price reflects the quality. Don’t be fooled by the low price though, this skate is a reliable, solid choice for young or beginner skaters. Though this skate is relatively inexpensive, it features a ton of customizable options and depending on the options selected it can be used for Rink, Derby, Speed, and Outdoor skating.

Recommended Inline Skates for Juniors (Teens)

TKO Light Speed Inline Adjustable Skate

TKO Light Speed Inline Adjustable Junior SkateThe TKO Adjustable Light Speed Skate is intended for juniors (teens) that are beginner to intermediate skaters. This adjustable skate is perfect for growing children who need a high quality inline skate. The small size skate adjusts from size Junior 13 to size 3. The medium size skate adjusts from size 4 to size 7. You’ll be flying on these awesome indoor/outdoor speed skates! TKO is one of the best brands of inline skates on the market today and has an amazing pedigree from gold medal skaters.

Seba FR 2 80 Skates

Seba FR 2 80 SkatesThe Seba FR 2 80 Skate is an urban inline and one of the best quality, affordable freestyle skates out there. These awesome skates are a breeze to put on and stay comfortable for longer periods of skating.

Tour Code 5 Inline Hockey Skate

Tour Code 5 Inline Hockey SkateThe Tour Code 5 Inline Hockey Skate s hands down the best inline hockey skate in its class. The chassis is a Molded Carbonite Quarter Panel Construction and has been CNC extruded for concentrated boot to chassis power transfer creating flexibility but rigidity where needed to eliminate power transfer loss. The interior is constructed using a comfort Quilted Tricot Liner and features high-density memory foam ankle pads, a comfort pillow padding edge and is heat moldable for a custom fit every time.

What Inline Skates are best for Juniors (Teens) Speed Skaters?

Speed skates can be expensive because they are typically engineered to be light-weight and durable. They are designed to provide stellar performance and this means the cost of the skate is usually higher than skates that are designed for skating around a rink or outdoors.

Atom Pro Package

Atom Pro PackageThe Atom Pro Package will change inline speed skating as we know it. This skate is a complete, high-quality, entry-level inline skate package from a name you know and trust; Atom Skates! Get the great Atom Pro Carbon Fiber Shell and Heat Moldable Boot (Available in sizes 6-13), Atom Pro 6000 Grade Aircraft Aluminum Frame 12.8 4×100, Bionic Abec 7 Bearings, and 100mm Green Atom Matrix Wheels for an unheard of price!

Luigino Strut 4-Wheel Inline Skate

Luigino Strut 4-Wheel Inline SkateThe Luigino Strut 4-Wheel Inline Skate was built by a world-champion speed skater, Doug Glass. These skates are no joke. They are designed for skaters that want to push the limits of speed. The Strut 4 Wheel Package includes the popular Strut Boot by Luigino, which maximizes comfort for skaters, and a Pilot Striker frame, made with ultra strong, lightweight heat treated aircraft aluminum.

TKO Light Speed Inline Adjustable Skate

TKO Light Speed Inline Adjustable Junior SkateThe TKO Adjustable Light Speed Skate is intended for juniors (teens) that are beginner to intermediate skaters. This adjustable skate is perfect for growing children who need a high quality inline skate. The small size skate adjusts from size Junior 13 to size 3. The medium size skate adjusts from size 4 to size 7. You’ll be flying on these awesome indoor/outdoor speed skates! TKO is one of the best brands of inline skates on the market today and has an amazing pedigree from gold medal skaters.

Advanced Skates for Juniors (Teens) – Let’s Go Big!

So your teenager is an awesome skater already? Need to dial it up a notch? If you’re in need of high-end, professional skates we are the company for you! We specialize in the very best. There are several brands that epitomise high-end skates in the market today. Those brands are Atom, Riedell, and Mota. Atom and Mota were both founded by world-champion speed skaters Julie Glass and Doug Glass. This duo has been making the best in skates for a decade and very few brands can compete with the quality and performance of Atom and Mota. Riedell is also a great brand that has been in business for almost a century.

Custom Atom Skate – Build Your Own

Custom Atom SkateCreate your very own Custom Atom Skate! Not only can you choose your favorite Atom boot, but which plate you want it to rest upon, the wheels you want to roll on, and even the color of the lock nuts in which to keep those fast gliders set in place! Have free range when it comes down to every Atom designed detail of the skate – Boots, Plates, Bushings, Lock Nuts, Toe Stops, and Laces.

Mota Skate – Build Your Own

Custom Atom SkateCreate your very own Custom Atom Skate!With your Mota Quad Skate, you’ll have the lightest quad boot in the world and the ultimate quad plate! There are dozens of colors to choose from for almost every piece of the boot and now you can even do a custom print guaranteed to set you apart from every other skater. Don’t forget to customize your awesome new skate so it shows off your personal style! You can even grab some great Mota wheels to put on your amazing new skates.

Let’s Go to the Skate park!

Moxi Beach Bunny Roller Skates

Moxi Beach Bunny Roller SkatesThe Moxi Beach Bunny Vegan Roller Skates are more affordable than the Moxi Ivy and just as awesome. The Beach Bunny drym-dyed vinyl boots are attached to smaller outdoor wheels for dance skating and hitting some tricks. You’ll love the glitter polyester laces and brand new Moxi Dri-Lex lining. These skates are available in Peach Blanket, Periwinkle Sunset, and Blue Sky which are all available in sizes 1-10 so both little kids and big kids can enjoy them. These animal-friendly skates also come with an extra pair of toe guards for the amazing park skater you know you want to be.

Impala Quad Skates

Impala Quad Skate for LadiesImpala Roller skates were first introduced in 2019 and feature a wide variety of colors and styles. Apparently created to compete directly with Moxi and Candi Girl skates, Impala offers a similar skate at a reasonable price. The quality is very similar to the Moxi or Candi Girl, but the styles are wild! Impala is an Australian company and, according to their website, they have over 30 years of creating clothing and streetwear for ladies of all ages.

Moxi Lolly Roller Skates

Moxi Lolly Roller SkatesThe Moxi Lolly Roller Skates are made with a high-top, suede leather boot that comes in a variety of colors. All of the skates in the Moxi Lolly line come with a powerdyne triton metal plate with off-set adjustable toe-stops and stabilising foot plate. Grab your pair with Moxi Trick Wheels to set yourself apart from other kids at the skatepark.

Safety is Important!

Any parent will agree that quality protective wear is essential. Mouth guards and helmets protect skaters from getting a concussion, pads protect against bodily injury, and more options of protective wear allow for an absolute safe skate.

DevaSkation offers helmets, mouth guards, wrist guards, elbow pads, kneepads, knee gaskets, custom packages of items, and offer them for all ages and sizes. We’ve listed our favorite for kiddos in each major category below so check be sure to check them out and you can check out even more information in our Guide to Safety for Skaters article.

Helmets

Triple 8 Dual Certified Helmet Helmets are of the utmost importance in skating. After all, protecting the head and brain is essential to avoid concussions, brain injury, and head injury. One fall without a helmet can be extremely dangerous and have lasting effects, should your head take any unnecessary impact while skating. Concussions are increasingly common in not only skating, but also many popular sports today. The best prevention is to wear a helmet like this Triple 8 Dual Certified Helmet. We have all types and sizes of helmets to suit your skating needs.

Mouth Guards

SISU Starter Kit

Mouth guards protect skaters from hurting or even loosing their teeth while skating. Due to the increasing popularity of skating, mouth guard technology is increasingly innovative. Instead of the old, bulky mouth guards that veteran skaters are used to, today mouth guards are thin and moldable with a soak in warm water. Mouth guards suction to your teeth, and no longer need to be removed for a drink of water or in order to talk. We offer an awesome SISU Mouth Guard Starter Kit so your little one can stay safe while also keeping it clean and fresh (well as much as possible for the active kiddo).

Pads

SISU Starter Kit

Wrist injuries are among the most common in skating. Wrist guards protect against damage to the wrist tremendously, and are extremely affordable. DevaSkation offers high quality wrist guards with sizes for children and adults. Knee pads are so important, as skating can put a lot of pressure on your knees. Knees often take intense damage from falling, and the recovery time needed to heal knee injuries is not short. We offer the best brands in knee pads on the market in order to keep you skating comfortably and safely. Pads simply protect your body from injury upon impact. As any skater knows, elbow pads are very important pieces of protective wear for all types of skating. Elbow pads protect your elbows from hitting a hard surface, and should have a snug fit and thick padding, as well as hard caps. Check out this 187 Junior Tri-Pack for a great starter set for your little one!

Many skaters need wrist, knee, and elbow protection so we’ve created a special package so you can get everything you need at a package price. Check out our pads package to pick your level of pads and get all three for a great price!

Please refer to our article “Skates for Christmas” to find out more about great skates to gift your children. This fun, recreational sport and hobby is sure to be a great pastime for you and your child alike! We offer many skates and skate parts to customize and stylize the perfect skate for even the youngest skater.

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